An irritated Jasprit Bumrah has taken his frustrations out on the stumps as Australia continues to extend their lead on day four of the fourth Test.
The star Indian paceman has been forced to bowl on each day of the Test, thanks to the visitors’ first innings batting collapse and several missed chances at key wickets on Sunday.
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Bumrah’s ire was initially raised early on day four, when a chance to dismiss Marnus Labschagne went begging on just the second ball of the day - perhaps setting the tone for a luckless Indian team that struggled to make a breakthrough against the home side.
His frustration only continued to grow, and by the afternoon Bumrah resorted to simply knocking the bails off the non-striker’s wicket as he walked back to the top of his run-up.
While some were amused by his petty display, umpire Paul Reiffel was clearly not one of them, standing with both hands at his hips before duly replacing the bails.
Cricket journalist Bharat Sundaresan pointed out it wasn’t the first time Bumrah’s frustration had gotten the better of him.
“You know Jasprit Bumrah is not happy when he starts knocking the bails off with his hand at the bowler’s end. Becoming his trademark now,” Sundaresan tweeted.
Matthew Wade under pressure after underwhelming innings
Matthew Wade will be seeking to shore up his place in Australia's middle order during the fourth Test, having failed to post a score of substance at the SCG.
Wade's dismissal on day four of the third Test, to a straightening ball from India debutant Navdeep Saini, understandably didn't evoke nearly as much criticism as his sloppy stroke on day two.
But Sunday's score of four extended a worrying trend for the Tasmanian, who hasn't reached 50 at Test level since November 2019.
All 12 of those innings have come in Australia.
The 33-year-old Wade is not expected to come under major pressure to retain his spot in the XI for the series finale, which starts on Friday.
Coach Justin Langer and chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns have preached the value of stability over the past year but the recent dumping of Travis Head and Joe Burns shows their patience has a limit.
Australia's next Test series is pencilled in for February, when Langer's team are slated to tour South Africa.
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